ACS – Beckman Institute researchers John Rogers gave a presentation about his work involving biocompatible electronics for applications like skin patches that can be used as monitors at the Spring 2012 National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society. Rogers talked to the media about his work in this video.
NCSA – Beckman Institute researcher Klaus Schulten was among the first scientists to use the new Blue Waters sustained-petascale supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Schulten, who leads the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics group at Beckman, and his team created the first-ever all-atom dynamic simulation of an HIV virus capsid in its tubular form.
Forbes – The iCub, an advanced humanoid robot created by a European Commission consortium to study human behavior, is the subject a feature in Forbes magazine. The Beckman Institute’s Language Acquisition and Robotics laboratory headed by Stephen Levinson, was awarded an iCub in 2009 and is home to the only one in the Western Hemisphere.
CNN – An article on research showing that lifestyle changes can delay, stop, or even reverse dementia includes the work of Beckman Institute Director Art Kramer. “I think the news is good that there are steps we can take before that wonder drug is discovered to enhance the health of the brain,” Kramer is quoted as saying.
As an undergraduate, what drew Roberto Galvez to psychology was the challenge of unlocking the mysteries of the brain. His mission as a neuroscience researcher at the Beckman Institute is to make the brain less mysterious by decoding its workings at the most fundamental levels of cells and molecules.
Could exercise have beneficial effects for treating drug addiction, such as have been shown for disease prevention and improving cognitive health? Research from the laboratory of Justin Rhodes shows the answer is, potentially yes, but that answer is dependent upon when the exercise takes place.
The Fall 2011 Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar Series continues on Wednesday, March 14th. The seminar will feature two short talks from students Jessie Chin, and Heather Huntsman. The seminar will be held in Beckman Institute Room 1005 and a pizza lunch will be served to those attending the talks.